By Louise Lawter, Award Coordinator
We are pleased to announce that Sharon Cooper is the winner of the 2019 Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher Award, jointly sponsored by the Princeton and Trenton Sections of the American Chemical Society. The award was presented to her at the May 21 meeting of the Princeton ACS Section.
The purpose of this award is to recognize and encourage outstanding teachers of high school chemistry and to motivate others to emulate them.
The Evaluation Criteria for this award are:
- quality of their teaching;
- their leadership (classroom and profession);
- keeping up to date in the field;
- extracurricular work in chemistry and teaching;
- emphasis on laboratory safety;
Sharon received a BS in Chemistry from the University of Virginia in 1989 and MS from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1991. She started her career as an analytical chemist at Merck & Co. and then transitioned to teaching after several years. She has been at Hunterdon Central High School since 2007
Her aim is to use her industrial scientific knowledge in the classroom to enhance the students’ educational experience and to ignite an excitement about chemistry. It has been her goal to introduce something fun and exciting as part of her lessons as a means of reinforcing the material covered in the classroom.
Sharon also contributes to the teaching profession by serving as a mentor for newly hired chemistry teachers at Hunterdon.
A quote from one of her nominators exemplifies why she was selected as this year’s awardee:
“Her knowledge with regard to curriculum, instruction, technology and classroom design has helped to guide the science program at Hunterdon Central for the past 12 years…. But more importantly she has been an inspiration to all of her students”